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New Students

Information about enrolling, orientation + other helpful resources for new Hornets

Welcome to ESU, Hornet!

We are so excited to have you at Emporia State University! Use this page to guide you as you prepare to become an ESU Hornet. Your first step is to get enrolled at Hornet Connection!

Parents + Guardians

Now that your student will be attending ESU, visit the next steps page to view helpful information such as housing, financial aid and how your student will pay their bill.

TradPlus (Non-traditional students)

We know you may face different challenges as a TradPlus student. That is why we have TradPlus and veteran student services embedded across the university. We want you to know that you are not alone in your journey. Visit our TradPlus resources page for information on programs available to you and our orientation page.

Fall 2024 Key Dates

  • Aug. 19 Classes begin
  • Sept. 2 Labor Day — no classes
  • Oct. 10-11 Fall Break — no classes
  • Nov. 11 Veterans Day — no classes
  • Nov. 27-29 Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 6 Last day of classes
  • Dec. 9-13 Final Examinations
  • Dec. 14: Undergraduate Graduation

Start here!

Enrollment, housing, financial aid, Student Advising Center + textbooks

Hornet Connection

Enroll in classes at a Hornet Connection! You’ll learn more about what your life as an ESU Hornet will look like and meet with your academic advisor to get enrolled for your first semester at ESU.

Student Advising Center

Your advisor is an excellent resource. They'll help you enroll in classes, make sure you're on track to graduate on time and so much more. Connect with them often.

Residential Life

We make it easy to live on campus. You'll have everything you need steps from your classes. Visit the residential life website for more about what you need to know before coming to campus.

Memorial Union Bookstore

Hornet Textbook Bundle will ensure you receive all your course materials before the first day of class at a savings of 35-50% on the cost of course materials each term.

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Everyone should complete the FAFSA! If you haven't done so, apply for federal financial aid at

Apply for FAFSA

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Office of Financial Aid

Financial aid can be complicated, but our staff will make navigating the FAFSA, loans, work study and scholarships easy! Contact them with your questions.

Get help with financial aid

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Student Account

Take the time to get your student account set up so you can easily pay bills and set up payment options. You'll also find important dates and deadlines.

Payments + Payment Options

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Student self-service links

One-stop shop for access to the student profile, class information, grades, account information, personal information and enrollment verification. ESU login required.

Student Self-Service Links

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Student Life @ ESU

You're gonna love it! With more than 80 student organizations on campus and the Center for Student Involvement, you won't be bored at ESU. Getting engaged on campus is just as important for your resume as the degree you earn.

Visit student life page


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Save your spot at one of the E-Experience events (held during the summer before your first semester) where you'll get insider knowledge before coming to campus.

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Hornet Orientation + Welcome Week

This orientation week is activity-packed! Join events, sessions and activities at the beginning of the fall semester and get to know fellow Hornets.

Hornet Orientation + Welcome Week
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First-Year Mentoring

Get individual and personalized guidance from a peer as you navigate your first year at Emporia State University.

First-Year Mentoring

Health + Academic Resources

Student Wellness Center

The Student Wellness Center is your go-to place for your health! It offers health services and counseling services. Submit records for Measles, Mumps + Rubella and quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine before moving in the Res Halls. Send to ESU Student Health Center via this secure file upload or fax to 620-341-5045.

Student Accessibility and Support Services

SASS ensure students with documented disabilities have equal access to all the programs and services of Emporia State University.


ACES + the Writing Center offer class tutoring and writing help. You don’t have to struggle through those biology notes or agonize over that writing project on your own!

William Allen White Library

The William Allen White Library is more than just bookshelves. Find all the resources you need here, from digital articles to laptops for checkout to, yes, actual books to flip through.

Connect with Career Services early!

Beginning your college career is an exciting time, but planning for your future can be challenging. Many students wait until their senior year to utilize Career Services; however, we encourage you to visit us early and often to get a jump-start on your future. Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor today!

Contact Us


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